Africa joins millions in getting AstraZeneca vaccine, aided by ...


Africa joins millions in getting AstraZeneca vaccine, aided by Africa CDC

If vaccines are not introduced, the continent should anticipate a third wave soon, says the body’s director

Senior features writer

African countries should not delay rolling out the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine because its benefits far outweigh potential risks, said the Africa Centres for Disease Control (CDC) chief Dr John Nkengasong at his weekly Thursday Covid-19 briefing (

About a dozen European countries paused their AstraZeneca inoculations as a precaution recently, while investigating whether blood clots in a small number of cases could be linked to it. More than 11 million people in the UK have safely had AstraZeneca shots, as have millions more around the world.

After an emergency meeting with the World Health Organisation (WHO) this week about the potential side effects, Nkengasong said they had concluded “that the benefits accruing from continuing the (AstraZeneca) vaccinations outweigh any risks”...

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